Tyler J. Thomas is a Ph.D. student in political theory and constitutional studies at the University of Notre Dame. He is currently writing a dissertation on René Descartes and the emergence of a scientific culture in the West. His additional research interests include the philosophy of social science, American constitutionalism, and questions of political authority. His dissertation is primarily concerned with the relationship between philosophy, politics, and the modern authority of science. His undergraduate degree is from Hiram College (Bachelor of Arts, 2014), where he studied political science, philosophy, and English literature.
My research concerns the emergence of a scientific culture in the West, especially as the productive possibilities of modern philosophy come to light in the works of early modern thinkers such as Francis Bacon, René Descartes, and John Locke. My dissertation research examines the writings of Descartes and the relationship between his reformation of speculative philosophy and his contributions to natural philosophy.